lurid

When people are lured into looking at something, they may be drawn to it because it's a shocking, graphic, or horrible scene, something lurid and very vivid that pulls them in. Your mother might complain that she hates lurid TV shows — ones that are overly sensationalized and meant to shock.

An expression used to avoid hearing or seeing disturbing things is "spare me the lurid details" or "spare me the gory details," and people say that so they won't have shocking or ugly images put into their imaginations. The word lurid, which entered English in the 17th century, comes from Latin lūridis, "ghastly, pale yellow." All of the synonyms for the adjective lurid describe qualities that can turn a person pale: dreadful, nightmarish, and horrific, among others. Lurid is just a uniquely dark and gruesome word.

Primary Meanings of lurid

1.
adj
glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
2.
adj
shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke
3.
adj
ghastly pale
Full Definitions of lurid
1

adj glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

lurid details of the accident”
Synonyms:
shocking
sensational
causing intense interest, curiosity, or emotion

adj horrible in fierceness or savagery

lurid crimes”
“a lurid life”
Synonyms:
violent
acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
2

adj shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke

“a lurid sunset”
lurid flames”
Synonyms:
bright
emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
3

adj ghastly pale

“moonlight gave the statue a lurid luminence”
Synonyms:
colorless, colourless
weak in color; not colorful

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